Hey guys, I'm still here, been MIA every now and then, but still hanging tough. Wanted to share my great weekend experiences with you. Flew to NY to visit dad.
I enjoyed a simple pleasure on the flight there.... I read the entire issue of November's Runner's World, woo hoo. In Runner's World magazine every month they feature a "Rave Run", gorgeous places to run. Here is this month's pic.
Nothing more beautiful than that in my opinion.
It's so great to be following in dad's footsteps of becoming a runner and we both share in the love of running. Dad used to run ultras and then some back in the day (NOTE: I do not aspire to be an ultra-runner, lol). Dad knows how important my running training is so he planned a run for Friday morning, and what a lovely spot he selected - the Gennessee Thruway - an 82 mile trail. Wasnt sure I was going to like trail running, I was so scared I was going to trip over something and injure myself, however I couldn't wait to experience it. I'm hooked, it was great, a whole lot more kind on the body than the pavement.
It was a crisp 38 degrees. Crisp is a term obviously for people who live in cooler climates, I just call it downright cold, brrrrrr. But I was prepared with some heavier running gear so it really wasn't that cold. When we got to the trail I was so overwhelmed with the beauty and serenity of it all. Nature had rolled out the yellow, orange, red, and brown leaf carpet. This is my "rave run".
Dad hung up his running shoes a few years ago but he walked the trail with his dogs while I did a quick five-miler. I was worried being alone out there, but dad assured me it was a straight path, no twists and turns to get lost on, he said just run til you get tired and then turn around. After running for about 3 miles I quickly discovered I wasn't "alone" out there, OMG, I had forgotten about wildlife...a deer jumped in the bushes right next to me, a squirrel scampered across the path in front of me, yikes, and then I discovered a huge pile of poo, just off to the side of the trail....OMG, bears. So from that point on, I was on the lookout, lol.
I didn't want to leave dad behind waiting on me forever, felt like I could have run forever on that trail with such beautful conditions (scenery, temperture, solitude), so I ended it at 5-miles. WOW, totally exhilerating.
Dad was waiting back at the truck with a fresh apple, what a nice surprise, I don't think I have enjoyed an apple more than I did that morning, it was becaues it was presented to me with love. Thanks dad for showing me and sharing a great experience.
To keep the good "rave" going, here's Rave 2:
We went on to enjoy some quality daddy-daughter time with great dinners, target shooting with his new sniper rifle, walking the dogs, visit to see my grandma and aunt. Wish I could have stayed longer, it's quality that counts, not quantity but wish I had both.
Yesterday was life back to normal. Met the SIL for a 8-mile run yesterday morning, less than a month til the half marathon, he's getting excited and his running is improving tremendously. Go Danny !!!!
Enjoyed having the whole family and close friends (all 17 of us) over for football and dinner. Good times and laughter with the whole gang, including my hilarious teenage grandson, and my future model granddaughter and of course...my little chunky pie playing cornhole. Life is good.